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March 20, 1927 (Rangers vs. New York Americans)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
April 7, 1928 (Rangers at Montreal Maroons) (Stanley Cup Finals)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS
Hockey Hall of Fame — Inducted 1947
NHL First All-Star Team — 1930-31, 1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1935-36, 1937-38 (as head coach)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None
Nickname: The Silver Fox
Uniform Numbers: 16, 1
Stanley Cup Champion: 1928, 1933, 1940
Retired from NHL: 1946
The man who built the New York Rangers was actually the team`s second head coach and general manager. Hired as a last-second replacement for Conn Smythe before the start of the 1926-27 season, Patrick made the team an instant success, as the Rangers won two Stanley Cup championships in their first seven years of existence.
Patrick achieved legendary status in New York at age 44, when he went in to play goal for the Rangers during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. His surprise entrance into the game sparked the team to a dramatic win and helped them go on to win the championship. Patrick had previously inserted himself into the lineup as a defenseman when the team was battling injuries during the 1926-27 season.
Patrick played the final 46 minutes (including overtime) of the 1928 Cup Finals game, alloiwing only one goal and getting the victory when Frank Boucher scored at 7:05 of OT.
The annual award given to the person who does the most to promote hockey in the United States was named the Lester Patrick Trophy in Patrick`s honor. It has been presented by the NHL on behalf of USA Hockey since 1966.
º A History of the New York Rangers
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